10 enchanting gardens around the world

04/28/16   filed under: gardening, green kids, kid friendly, link roundup

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1 child is poisoned every 45 minutes by eating a laundry detergent pod, according to new study

04/28/16   filed under: health & body, kids health, news, parenting, toxins

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Despite warnings here, there, and everywhere, laundry pod poisonings are on the rise, and exposure to these pods is more dangerous than other types of laundry and dishwasher detergent. During a two-year period, U.S. Poison Control centers received more than 62,000 calls related to detergent packets and detergents — 60% of the calls were with respect to “pods” or detergent packets. That number works out to be about 30 calls a day, or one every 45 minutes! The study showed that the pod-related incidents increased over the course of the study (from January 2013-December 2014), an alarming trend considering that warnings have already been issued about their potential allure to children. Additionally, manufacturers have already made changes to their containers to make them harder for kids to open and less visually enticing. Read on to find out why you should reconsider the place of the pods in your home.

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Beru ethical children's clothing is made in LA from surplus fabrics

04/28/16   filed under: green design, green kids, kid friendly, kids clothing

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These unique, everlasting daffodils are made from recycled plastic bottles!

04/27/16   filed under: art, green design

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Check out these gorgeous daffodils, the perfect symbol of spring and an ideal way to celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day. Now take a closer look: these lifelike beauties are actually upcycled from plastic bottles! British eco-artist and designer Sarah Turner hand cuts, sandblasts and dyes each petal, then melts the petals to create a realistic and natural shape to the flower. You can purchase one orange-yellow daffodil or really make Mom’s day with a bouquet of six flowers in a combination of the three possible color combos (yellow, orange, and white). Turner has also designed the perfect way to display the daffodils by sandblasting old glass soda bottles, giving them an elegant frosted look. These unforgettable flowers will last a lifetime, and £1 from each daffodil sale is donated to Marie Cure Cares, an organization providing help to terminally ill patients in the UK. Daffodils cost £8 for one and £40 for six.

+ Upcycled plastic bottle daffodils

 

Designer creates special font for people with dyslexia, to make reading & identifying letters easier

04/27/16   filed under: education, humanitarian design, parenting

Dyslexie Font from Dyslexie Font on Vimeo.

Growing up a few decades ago, we were taught that people with dyslexia got letters mixed up and often had trouble reading and spelling. Dyslexia is much more interesting and complex than swapping a “b” for a “d,” although that’s part of it: kids and adults with dyslexia actually see letters as 3D objects. The letter swapping/switching comes in because so many letters in our alphabet look similar and piggyback off one another in form and design. A  designer with dyslexia used these insights to create his own font to help children and adults differentiate between the letters and thus be able to read more effectively. The typeface, called Dyslexie, adds or accentuates differences between the letters to make them easier to identify. For example, the “mouth” of the letter “c” is widened so that it looks less similar from “e” and the bottoms of letters have a bolder, more defined bottom so that it’s less challenging to decide which end is right side up. Dyslexie also adds distance between words and letters, slants certain letters or parts of letters to distinguish them from others that are similar looking (such as “i” and “j”) and makes capital letters bold to illustrate where a new sentence begins. Dyslexie is now being used around the world to help people with dyslexia learn to read and also to help them determine if they might have dyslexia in the first place. Individuals can download sample pages to see if Dyslexie makes a difference in their reading and also try out the font on their computer for free to determine if it helps them. There are also versions available for schools and businesses. Considering that more than 50% of NASA’s employees are dyslexic ( that 3D and spatial awareness apparently comes in handy when trying to imagine out-of-this-world scenarios), we suggest that the space organization buy in to this cool font. It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people have dyslexia and the vast majority don’t even know it. Dyslexie is helping people determine if dyslexia is a potential cause of their reading woes — and it’s effectively serving those who have already identified as dyslexic. Learning to read is a beloved and celebrated rite of passage, but it can be a frustrating and tear-filled exercise. Dyslexie taps into the unique perspective and spatial abilities of people with dyslexia to make that rite less of a challenge and more of an integrated and intuitive experience.

+ Dyslexie

via Fatherly

 

Sumblox building blocks stack up to teach kids math

04/27/16   filed under: eco play, green toys, kid friendly

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10 gorgeous handmade Mother's Day gifts kids can make (with a helping hand)

04/26/16   filed under: art, craft, diy kids crafts, green gifts

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HOW TO: Make sweet and sticky popcorn with caramel walnuts & goji berries

04/26/16   filed under: how-to, recipe, snack, vegan cooking

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Preschool in New Jersey serves up gourmet plant-based school lunches that kids help grow and prepare

Preschool in New Jersey serves up gourmet plant-based school lunches that kids help grow and prepare

It’s lunch time at The Scandinavian School in New Jersey, but instead of baloney sandwiches and bags of chips or cookies, the children are sitting down together for a communal…

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A guide to CSAs: Joining and making the most of your community supported agriculture (CSA)

A guide to CSAs: Joining and making the most of your community supported agriculture (CSA)

Image © flickr user smith_cl9 What is a CSA ? A CSA or Community Supported Agriculture works like this: a group of consumers, often known as subscribers, pay (with at least part of…

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The Milk Lounge breastfeeding cafe opens in England, owner receives death threats

The Milk Lounge breastfeeding cafe opens in England, owner receives death threats

Another day, another round of folks appalled by mothers breastfeeding their babies. When will the madness end? For mom and new business owner, 22 year-old Charlotte Purdie, it’s…

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Afghan teacher turns his bicycle into a mobile library and cycles for over an hour to bring books to children in remote villages

Afghan teacher turns his bicycle into a mobile library and cycles for over an hour to bring books to children in remote villages

Teachers understand the value of reading and having books readily available to their students better than most adults, but few have gone the distance that Saber Hosseini does in order…

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Mom invents parent-assisted Upsee harness that enables children with disabilities to walk

Mom invents parent-assisted Upsee harness that enables children with disabilities to walk

We’ve been saying for ages that parents are among the best problem-solvers in the world, and the story behind Upsee confirms it. When Debby Elnatan’s second son Rotem was…

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Dapple launches collection of fruit-scented dish liquids specially formulated to clean baby's bottles

Dapple launches collection of fruit-scented dish liquids specially formulated to clean baby's bottles

We take great care with the types of bottles, nipples and pacifiers our babies use, but how many of us are as discerning about what we use to clean them? If your current dish soap…

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Danish designed luxury Moover wooden toys get kids moving

Danish designed luxury Moover wooden toys get kids moving

Design Moover is a Danish inspired, well-designed luxury brand of mobile wooden toys. Moover’s unique blend of traditional long-lasting craftsmanship combined with bold, contemporary…

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Combat Earth Day greenwashing & commercialism: 6 products that will really reduce your carbon footprint

Combat Earth Day greenwashing & commercialism: 6 products that will really reduce your carbon footprint

Reusable Water Bottles Not only can bottled water for the whole family cost more than gasoline, but all those plastic bottles are trashing the earth. Even though plastic water bottles…

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BOOK REVIEW: Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children

BOOK REVIEW: Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children

Pediatric occupational therapist and mother Angela Hanscom has seen some alarming trends among kids today: an inability to sit still, bad posture, increased falling, weakened immune…

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HOW TO: Make organic lactation cookies to help increase your breast milk production

HOW TO: Make organic lactation cookies to help increase your breast milk production

Lactation Cookie Ingredients Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1/2 cup organic butter softened 1 cup organic cane sugar 2 tbs organic blackstrap molasses 4 tbs warm water 2 tbs…

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